School holiday trout stocking

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Ahead of the school holidays, 'ready-to-catch' rainbow trout are stocked into lakes around Melbourne and regional centres.

The rainbow trout stocked are advanced yearlings and are suitable to be caught immediately. Rainbow trout are a good option for children or those trying fishing for the first time, because they are relatively easy to catch and take a variety of baits and lures.

This stocking program aims to encourage families to go fishing, particularly during school holidays.

Anglers are reminded that a daily bag limit of five trout applies, of which only two can exceed 35 centimetres.

Fish stocking is funded by recreational fishing licence fees and the State Government's $46 million Target One Million plan, which aims to get more people fishing, more often.

School holiday family fishing waters

Water1st Term
(April)
2nd Term
(July)
3rd Term
(Sept)
Fishing Week
(Oct)

StockedStockedPredictedPredicted

Albert Park Lake

680 1000 1000

Alexandra Lake (Ararat)

300 300

Allans Flat Dredge Hole (Allans Flat)

350 350 350 500

Anderson Lake (Chiltern)

300 300

Arboretum Dam (Euroa)

400 400

Bannockburn Lagoon (Bannockburn)

300 300

Bartlett Lake (Tatura)

100 100

Berwick Springs Estate Lake

500 500 500

Calembeen Lake (Creswick)

200 200

Casey Fields Lake (Cranbourne)

500 500 500 750

Cato Lake (Stawell)

300 300

Caulfield Racecourse Lake

300 300

Cobden Lake (Cobden)

200 200 200

Coleraine Lagoon (Coleraine)

250 250

Crusoe Reservoir (Bendigo)

250 250

Darlingsford Lake (Melton)

500 500

Don Lake (Healesville)

400 400

Dunkeld Arboretum (Dunkeld)

200 200

Eildon Pondage Weir (Eildon)

950 1200 2000 5000

Emerald Lake

500 500

Esmond Lake (Ballarat)

250 250

Ess Lagoon (Casterton)

500 500

Felltimber Creek Wetlands (Wodonga)

400 400

Foletti Caravan Park Lake (Donald)

350 350

Forest Lake (Kangaroo Flat)

200 200

Fosters Dam (Glenrowan)

200

Garfield Lake (Garfield)

250 250

Glenlyon Dam (Glenlyon)

200 200

Goldfields Reservoir (St Arnaud)

200 200

Golf Course Dam (Longwood)

200 200

Great Western Racing Recreation Reserve Lake (Great Western)

200 200

Guthridge Lake (Sale)

250 250

Haddon Reservoir (Haddon)

200 200

Hanging Rock Lake (Woodend)

300 300

Heyfield Racecourse Lake (Heyfield)

200 200

Hyland Lake (Churchill)

750 750 750 500

Jack Emmett Lagoon (Rupanyup)

300

Jack Roper Reserve Lake (Campbellfield) ***

Jubilee Lake (Daylesford)

200 200

Jubilee Lake (Skipton)

200 200

Karkarook Lake (Moorabbin)

2023 1695 ** 1000 1000

Kennington Reservoir (Strathdale)

500 500

Les Stone Park Lake (Wodonga)

200 100

Lethbridge Lake (Lethbridge)

300 300

Lilydale Lake (Lilydale)

800 747 800

Marma Lake (Murtoa)

450 300

Marysville Lake (Marysville)

450 450 450

Merriwa Park Lake (Wangaratta)

200

Minyip Wetlands (Minyip)

200

Mooroopna Recreation Reserve Lake (Mooroopna)

100

Morwell Lake (Morwell)

750 750 500

Navan Park Lake (Melton)

327 400 600 300

Neanger Lake (Eaglehawk)

250

Nhill Lake (Nhill)

200

Numurkah Lake

200

Old Hamilton Reservoir (Hamilton)

200 200

Pakenham Lake (Pakenham)

500 500 500

Pertobe Lake (Warrnambool)

450 300

Police Paddock Dams (Horsham)

300 300

Quarry Street Reserve Lake (Trentham)

200

Rowville Lakes (Rowville)

500 400 550 200

Roxburgh Park Lakes (Roxburgh Park)

250 250

Saint Augustine's Water Hole (Geelong)

750 500

Sambell Lake (Beechworth)

300 1000

Seagull Lake (Geelong)***

Simpson Recreation Reserve Lakes (Simpson)

200 **** 200

Spavan Lake (Sunbury)

364 400 400

Stanley Ditch Dam (Stanley)

400 375

Sumsion Gardens Lake (Wodonga)

250 250

Tchum Lake (Birchip)

1000 500

Tea Tree Lake (Mortlake)

300 300 200

The Gong (Buninyong)

200 200

Tom Thumb Lake (Eaglehawk)

200

Tronoh Dredge Hole (Harrietville)

300 300 300

Upper Sandy Creek Dam (Sandy Creek)

500 500 500

Victoria Lake (Shepparton)

500 500

Victoria Lakes (Ballarat)

400 400

Yarralumla Drive Lake (Wodonga)

100 100

Yarrambat Lake (Yarrambat)

600 600 600 400

* Railway Lake was only used as Jubilee lake was dry. Stocking returned to Jubilee Lake in Skipton.
** Parks Victoria has advised that, as of 29 June 2017, Karkarook lake is closed to recreational use due to high levels of blue-green algae. Visitors are advised to avoid contact with the water.
*** water currently off the school holiday stocking program but may be stocked in future.
**** Not stocked due to poor water quality